- Legendary VFR800F updated with new, sharp contemporary looks.
- Brand new telescopic fork Pro-arm swingarm, wheels and bodywork.
- Standard-fit Traction Control System.
- Standard with adjustable seat height, ABS, heated grips.
- Honda’s unique new self-cancelling indicators
- Lighter than the previous model.
- Engine re-tuned for greater low and mid-range torque
The V4 engine configuration is a special one for Honda, going back nearly 40 years. A complex, yet compact unit, it has a unique power delivery and a soul all of its own. Honda’s current RC213V MotoGP machine uses a V4, as does the flagship sport-touring VFR1200F. This is a powerplant woven tightly into Honda’s engineering DNA.
Nowhere has the V4 engine been more at home than in the legendary VFR series, a truly all-round motorcycle that does sport as well as it tours, with or without a pillion. This is a bike that has inspired huge loyalty among owners over the last two decades and it is estimated that there are still 75,000 VFRs in regular use in Europe alone.
Legions of VFR fans know exactly what they like about their bike and also what they would like more and indeed less of in a new model. With such an important fan base, Honda listened intently to customers’ views. In essence what they told us is that they want a high-quality motorcycle with strong low and mid-range torque, light and slim and yet capable and adaptable, with a return to the evocative look and feel of VFRs of the past.
The waiting is over – the new VFR800F is here.
Two key drivers for Honda’s engineers in development of the new VFR800F were, to retain and expand the essential VFR qualities that inspire so many and, to update the model with modern features and technologies.
Starting with the 782cc V4-VTEC engine, bottom and mid-range power have been boosted, to strike the ideal balance of enjoyable sports riding and easy commuting. The VTEC transition has been softened and the resulting power delivery is smooth, strong and linear. Honda’s TCS (Traction Control System) has also been added.
Extensive work has gone into making the new VFR800F lighter than its predecessor, 7kg lighter in fact. A single exhaust muffler has replaced the dual underseat design of the previous model, further improvements were realised through a host of changes engineered to contribute to weight reduction.
A newly designed Pro-Arm single-sided swingarm, 43mm telescopic fork, radial-mount four-piston front brake calipers and redesigned wheels hang from the quintessentially VFR twin-spar aluminium beam frame. Seat height is adjustable by 20mm, ABS is fitted as standard and – for the first time – a shift assist system is available as bolt on, Honda Genuine Accessory.
Then there is the styling. Considerably slimmer in the middle than the previous model, the 2014 VFR800F mixes a sleek silhouette with crisp, contemporary angles and more than an echo of classic VFR design.
The VFR800F IS Elegant Sport
The VFR800F’s 782cc, liquid-cooled 16-valve DOHC 90° V4-VTEC engine has received significant development, mainly focusing on cam timing and valve duration/overlap to deliver the required increase in low to midrange power and torque. A peak power of 77.9kW is delivered at 10,250rpm, with a peak torque of 75.1Nm arriving at 8,500rpm.
The VTEC valve train still operates one pair of inlet/exhaust valves per cylinder at low rpm, and then switches to four as revs rise but the transition is now seamless. Combining this with the uprated torque, the effect is a remarkably linear power delivery and effortless overtaking at highway speeds.
Bore and stroke is 72mm x 48mm, with a compression ratio of 11.8:1. The PGM-FI fuel injection, with 36mm throttle bodies , has been remapped to suit the engine’s new performance parameters, and fuel economy is 19.4km/l (WMTC*).
Honda’s Traction Control System (TCS) is fitted as standard equipment and is operated from the left handlebar. A single mode covers a wide variety of riding conditions and situations.
The diamond triple-box section aluminium twin-spar frame is unchanged with a Rake of 25°30’ with trail of 95mm, providing for a wheelbase of 1,460mm. A revised die-cast aluminium subframe is significantly lighter than the previous model. In total, kerb weight is reduced by 7kg to 242kg.
The aluminium single-sided Pro-arm swingarm and 43mm Honda Multi-Action System (HMAS) telescopic fork are completely new for this model.
Featuring stepless spring preload adjustment and 108mm wheel travel, the HMAS gas-charged rear shock operates through a Pro-Link suspension linkage with remote spring preload and stepless rebound damping adjustment.
The fork lowers have been redesigned in two pieces to accept radial-mount four-piston brake calipers. These have been matched with the New Fine Die-Cast (FDC) hollow aluminium wheels, dual 310mm floating discs up front and a 256mm disc at the rear, with wtandard fitment 2-channel ABS to provide consistent and safe all-weather stopping control.
‘Elegant Sport’ is the essence of the VFR800F. The stunning new bodywork, with a mixture of sharp angles and soft curves pays respect to design elements from the VFR’s history with details like the small air intake duct on the fairing’s flank.
The VFR-signature ‘X’ headlight shape is updated and now features LED lights, a first for Honda. Positional lights are integrated into the wing mirrors. At the rear, the wide, angular tailpiece offers plenty of room for a pillion and features an LED rear light unit with combined indicators.
With fuel economy of 19.4km/l (WMTC*), the 21.5-litre fuel tank offers a 380km plus cruising range.
At 500mm the width around the middle cowl is reduced by 40mm giving the VFR800F a slim and compact feel. The seat is height adjustable by 20mm, from 790mm to 810mm. A Honda Genuine Accessory 15mm handlebar height spacer allows for further rider comfort customisation.
Unique to Honda is the VFR800F’s self-cancelling indicator system. Rather than using a simple timer it compares front and rear wheel speed difference and calculates when to cancel the indication relative to the riding situation.
A new dashboard houses a digital speedometer/tachometer plus gear position indicator, ambient temperature gauge, fuel consumption information and clock. There’s also an indicator for the 5-stage heated grips, which are fitted as standard. A compact ‘wave’ design key, with internal grooving, reduces the chance of breakage.
A range of Honda Approved Accessories are available from local Honda Dealers.
The Honda VFR800F is sold Standard with:
- Complimentary Rider Training course through the Honda Academy
- 12 Months Free Roadside Assistance
- 24 Month unlimited km warranty
Dealer Recommended Sales Price, including VAT: R141,990.00
* Fuel Consumption figures provided are results obtained by Honda under standardised testing conditions prescribed by WMTC. Tests are conducted on a rolling road using a standard version of the vehicle with only one rider and no additional optional equipment. Actual fuel consumption may vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, altitude, tyre pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, as well as other factors. Figures should be treated as indicative only
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